Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quote of the Day

This was from last week's show (which I am finally getting around to watching) and it cracked me up:

"Diseased kidneys are not tchotchkes for your coffee table."
~Dr. Bailey, Grey's Anatomy

Monday, October 27, 2008

Conversations with Samuel

(explaining an episode of Spongebob to me)

Samuel: "He lost his remembery."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Soccer Fangirl

Today we went to a LA Galaxy soccer game. It was super fun. Sally's team got to go on the field before the game and parade across the field.(Sally is the only one with red shorts. She has a white and blue hat on.)

Then the game started, and guess who was playing? That's right - #23.
David Beckham.
I played soccer fangirl and took several pictures of him.
It was so cool to see him play in person.
We had lots of fun :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Teddy Bear Cookies

Here's the recipe for the teddy bear cookies. Very fun to make with kids. I put out a ruler for them to get the right size of balls, but after a few measurements they just went for it. They all tasted good :)

Peanut Butter Teddy Bear Cookies

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
(1/2) tsp salt
72 mini chocolate chips (more or less, as you see fit)

In a large mixing bowl, beat the milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and egg until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; add to peanut butter mixture and mix well.

For each bear, shape dough into one 1 in. ball, one (3/4) in. ball, six (1/2) in. ball, and one (1/4) in. ball. On an ungreased baking sheet, flatten largest ball for body. Use next size for the head. Use the six for ears, arms, and feet. Smallest one is for the nose. Use chocolate chips for eyes and belly button.

Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets.

This is from a Taste of Home's Quick Cooking magazine from 2002.

Monday, October 20, 2008

I finished the fourth (and final) Twilight book on Friday night, so I feel like my life is returning to normal. Those books - they really grabbed my attention.

We saw Fireproof this weekend (thanks, K&M!) and it is a really good movie. Everyone who is married should see it. (click on the title for a link to the official movie site)

It's 8:30 am, and I've already got everyone breakfast, made the kids lunches, got myself ready, got Sally to school, emptied the dishwasher, folded a load of laundry, started another load of laundry, made my bed, and fed the dog. Now I'm going to get another cup of coffee and knit something. Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I watched the new House last night (yippee!) and my stupid TiVo cut off the last few minutes. Fortunately, Stuart was recording Fringe on the other TiVo, and it started with the ending of House, so I got to see it after all! Then I watched Fringe with him, and now I'm into that show too. (sigh)

I renewed my teaching credential. I just checked my status, and I'm all legal. It's valid until 2013. It's crazy to think about what my life will be like in 2013. Sally will be a freshman in high school, and Samuel will be in fifth grade. I will have celebrated twenty years of marriage (in 2012). I can't even get my mind around that. Crazy.

I just got an email from the library that the fourth Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, is being held for me. I can pick it up today! I love the library.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Teddy Bear Cookies

Last week the kids and I made these cute tedddy bear cookies. The dough is for a peanut butter cookie, and you make lots of different size balls for the body of the bear, and then decorate it with mini chocolate chips.
Samuel's cookies:
Sally's cookies:

They had alot of fun.

I'll try and post the recipe later this week. It's great for little bakers.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Knit Bit: Hats!

More baby hats for charity:

so fun!

Sick Day

Samuel is home sick today. He was up several times in the night with a fever. He worries me so much when he's sick because he's so blase about how he feels. He doesn't complain or moan. He was lying awake in his bed with his light on, and he told me he was just waiting for someone else to wake up. I gave him some medicine for the fever, some water and some sprite, and a cold washcloth for his head. Then I fell into restless sleep, dreaming that I tried to do all the things I was going to do today while Samuel slept at home. I'd call to check on him, and he'd be scared and crying and I'd try to get back home to him and then I'd wake up . . . of course I'd NEVER leave a five year old kid home alone, which is probably the whole point of the nightmare. So after I got Sally off to school, I made the phone calls and emails to clear my schedule for the day. I know that my first priority is to my kids, and that I am certainly doing what is right by staying home to take care of him, and that the world will not fall apart without my wonderful presence for one day. But there is still the guilt, feeling like I am letting people down. I feel like I should be old enough to be over this kind of stuff.

It's very windy today. There are fires in several places in LA county today, and the wind is making things very dangerous. Days like these are surreal to me.

I'm going to go make some bread. I hope that baking - something homey and comfy and warm and good - will make me and my family feel safe.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Spooky October Picture

The kids in front of a mural at SeaWorld. They were totally surprised. Sam = good surprise; Sally = bad surprise. Live and learn.
We stayed at a great hotel in downtown San Diego, and made it there in time to eat dinner at our favorite place by the huge kissing people statue. We had breakfast at a great place, the Big Kitchen Cafe, and I can't say enough nice things about it. We were served by none other than Judy herself, and we will be going back there again. Best bacon ever, and the strawberry jam was perfection. Stuart had an omlete and Judy had the cook put in roasted garlic in there and it was goooood. There are pictures on every surface of every wall, and we played a super long game of I Spy with the kids while we waited for our food. We will be going back there again. If you are in San Diego, go there for breakfast.
That's all for now. Must go play Monopoly Jr with the kids.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Don't Tell Them . . . .

. . . but we're planning a surprise trip to SeaWorld this Friday. The kids have no idea. I'm so excited about it! I'm trying to figure out when to pack - Samuel will not pick up on anything unusual, but Sally will know for sure that something is up. San Diego is one of my favorite cities to visit. I think I might love to live there, but I'm almost afraid that if we ever do, it will lose some of it's charm.

Nothing much new around here. School, work, laundry, dishes . . . . . the days go by fast. I was reminded by my dear friend, MaryBeth (I know you go by Mary these days, but you'll always be MaryBeth to me!), to enjoy the trip and focus on each day, to not be so focused on the destination that I miss the point of the trip. Great post, MaryBeth! (click on that last sentence for the link to the post)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Knit Bit: Baby Hat

The first of many cute little baby hatsfor the Knit One, Save One project.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Knit Bit: Charity Knitting

A few years ago I knit up some hats for a project called Caps to the Capital. They were really fun to make because baby hats, especially preemie hats, are a very quick project. Last week, I got a postcard about a new project (from Save the Children, the same group that did Caps to the Capital) called Knit One, Save One. The deadline is the end of this year, so if you'd like to join me and make a hat, you have three months! There are patterns for easy knit and crochet hats in the Action Kit - you can download it free.

I finished the Red Scarf, and it turned out to be plenty long, too. The pattern wasn't as much fun to knit up as it is fun to look at, so I'm really glad I'm finished :)
Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds (2 skeins exactly)